Many people questioned Barcelona’s decision to bring in an unrated player, Kevin-Prince Boateng in the winter transfer market this year, considering the former Tottenham Hotspur player is not so good and his age is also quite old. Barcelona coach, Ernesto Valverde is doubtful to have made the right transfer, but the former Athletic Bilbao coach said that Boateng’s recruitment was actually right.
Actually Barcelona has been linked with a number of top players since last December, starting with Neymar Jr, Christian Eriksen and several other names, but the defending La Liga champions actually made a surprising transfer by signing Kevin-Prince Boateng. In fact, Boateng is a player who can operate in various sectors, starting with midfielders, winger and striker, but in fact he is a mediocre player who has only played for a number of midfield teams in the past few years such as Eintracht Frankfurt and Sassuolo.
Speaking of the controversial decision, coach Ernesto Valverde felt that from the very beginning he arrived at Nou Camp, the public had always called club transfers very controversial, such as Paulinho, Ousmane Dembele, Arturo Vidal and Arthur, but the players actually performed well at the club. Therefore, the former Athletic Bilbao coach confirmed that Boateng’s transfer was a good step for Barcelona.
“Since I’m here, everything is controversial recruitment, and then …? [About] Arturo Vidal, Paulinho, you talk a lot, with Arthur too, then he also gives us a good performance. Everything always ends well. ”
“Munir’s departure [El Haddadi] is a club problem, and we want to have a striker on the team who scored 15 goals, but that is not the case. Boateng arrived for several months. He knows his job, a player who has a career in another position, and now plays as No.9, he knows La Liga and the role he plays. He was available, Munir left, the club thought he was the best option and I hope he helped us a lot. “The coach said firmly to reporters.
Kevin-Prince Boateng was recruited from Sassuolo with a loan deal until the end of the season, plus a permanent purchase option worth 8 million Euros.